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By Brian Lockhart
The last time the Schomberg Cougars were in town they delivered the Alliston Hornets only loss of the season so far.
When they returned on Friday (Nov. 25) night it turned into another close battle when the teams were tied at one going into the final period play.
Alliston's Drake Board opened the scoring at nine minutes into the first period.
The Cougars tied the game with a late goal.
There were plenty of chances for both sides during the second frame but neither team could find the back of the to set up third period for wild 20 minutes to see who could get ahead.
Matthew Nastasiuk got the tie breaker at 1:45 into the period to put the Alliston squad ahead by one.
From there the Hornets blew the game wide open scoring three more to end the game 5-1.
Alliston third period goals came from Matt Hamilton, Ryan Young, and Board for his second of the night.
“I think we came out ready to play. The first two periods we got into penalties but that third period we came out and won it,” said Hornets forward Matthew Nastasiuk. “After that second period we talked about playing out game and not getting into their style of play. They play gritty – they do stupid things sometimes and we try to keep away from that stuff. We just wanted to play our game.”
The Cougars stunned the Hornets fans when they won 4-3 over the hometown boys on Nov. 11.
The Hornets learned from that game and used it to their advantage.
“It definitely pumped us up (the loss) going into this game. Their body language in the third period – you could see that they weren't into it,” Nastasiuk said.
The Hornets outshot the Cougars 44-29 in this game.
The Alliston team's record is now 20-1-1 with 41 points – that's three points ahead of the second place Stayner Siskins.
The Hornets will return to home ice at the NTRC on Friday, Dec. 2, when they host the Midland Flyers. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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